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Bonterra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bonterradining.com
  • Phone: (704) 333-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Open for Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Wine Bar open nightly @ 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Bill Schutz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Bonterra can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 225 guests. Please call for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rehersal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings for up to 225 Guest

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Light Rail at West Blvd. Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Bonterra
Bonterra is located in a renovated 100 year old church in the historic Southend District of Charlotte. Sommelier & Owner John Duncan has created a stunning array of 200 wines by-the-glass and an additional 300 selections from the cellar which comprises one of the largest wine lists in Charlotte. Featured in the November 15, 2000 issue of Wine Spectator Magazine as one of the New Wave Wine Bars in America. Winner of the prestigious AAA Four-Dimond Award and DiRoNA Award of
Excellence. Complimenting John's selection of wines are the menu offerings of Executive Chef Bill Schutz. Chef Schutz's elegant approach to cooking shows nightly in his diverse menu of fresh seafood, Midwestern lamb, oven roasted filet mignon and the signature fried lobster tail.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I enjoyed this gem of a restaurant for our anniversary. From the staff being both friendly and professional to the amazing chefs entrees , this was a fantastic experience. The wine list ranks as one of the top of any of the lists in the area. Thanks to the owner and staff for making our night special."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Bonterra was a great experience, including delectable food, extensive wine list, and a sophisticated atmosphere. I would recommend Bonterra for a romantic evening with a significant other or even a nice family dinner. It is in the heart of a growing, trendy section of Charlotte, just five minutes from uptown."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Sadly, our supper club picked Bonterra as we had not been there in a long time. One couple was adamant that we not go there based on a bad previous experience but the democratic voting took us there anyway. Wish we had listened. The service was lousy for a less than 1/2 full restaurant on a Sarurday night, the food was bland and anything but memorable, and the white LED lighting made us feel like we were in a warehouse. The worst part was the signature fries lobster, which has always stuck in my mind as a unique and scrumptious dish...but for $41. it was nothing more than an over-battered piece of rubber. Sorry Bonterra....but you are just not the same."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "we arrived on a Saturday night (weekend after restaurant week ended) and showed up to a fairly empty restaurant. it took almost 5 minutes for a waiter to appear and offer for drink order. throughout the evening, we were constantly waiting for the waiter to come serve our table, sitting with empty wine glasses, waiting for silverware, etc. considering the restaurant was less than half full, and you are paying hundreds of dollars for dinner, not up to standard. the best food was the cheese, meats, olives platter. the remainder of the food was heavily over salted (steak tartare and all of the toasts they serve with food) and the flatbread was fairly bland. overall, disappointing."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was phenomenal. Since this was restaurant week there was only the "Charlotte's Feast menu". I had the arugula salad, free ranged grilled chicken breast and the cookies and cream for dessert. the portions are small but just enough to full you. I will be sure to return to sample a few other items"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This restaurant greets it's visitors with a plethora of awards upon walking in. I was excited at this view only to e extremely disappointed by the portions of the food. The service was standard fine dining service. The server was friendly an helpful in selecting our wine. The salad I received as the start of my meal was finished in a literal 3 bites.....this isn't some ridiculous pompous French restaurant and yet the portions reflected such a different value then what you pay for. I will be going to Capitol Grill or Blue for our next fine dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Had a pleasurable experience at bonterra but a couple things were disappointing. They were out of the first 2-3 bottles of wine we tried ordering and they ended up upgrading us to a more expensive wine which I thought would be same price as the others. Nope. Food was very delicious!!! Mussels were amazing. The scallop entree was great but only had 2 scallops total. Huge disappointment. Should've been 3-4. Tried the specially dessert (black&white) and while it was tasty, it was very small on the plate and was consumed in 2-3 bites. Sure hope their portions are larger outside of restaurant week. Would be willing to come back then to see entree sizes. Great service from Joel!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Fine food, a sophisticated space in a converted church, and professional service (David) made for another wonderful experience at Bonterra ... this time during Queen's Feast."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Maybe because it was Restaurant Week, but the service was lacking and the food was not up to my expectations. There was also a long hair baked into my bread (it was replaced)."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We have visited twice for restuarant week and the food wasn't worth the money. We expected a fantastic meal and wereverydisappointed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Visited during Restaurant Week. Excellent selection and the food as very good. Service impeccable. In an old church and the ambiance was nice but noisy. Excellent wine selection"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Visited during Restsurant Week. Food was very good but the value just wasn't there. It appeared that we only received partial servings. Thoughtv we were at "Taste of Charlotte" instead of restaurant week. For dessert, we got cookies and cream. It consisted of three small PIECES of cookies and approximately one TEASPOON of ice cream. Serious!!! The ice cream was good however. Service was friendly but SLOW SLOW SLOW. We waited an extremely long time between courses even though we ordered all three at the beginning. The atmosphere was nice. After talking to several friends who had the same experience, we probably won't go back. Too many other options that offer a better value."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "over rated. Some food was blah, some food was great. Service was extremely slow. Server was just ok. I'm not going back anything soon."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Chef Bill made us feel like regulars even though it was our first visit. Restaurant week menu got us in. The total package will have us coming back!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Pros - lots of choices on the Restaurant Week menu; perfect portion sizes; complimentary foccacia bread is delicious Cons - took almost 30 minutes to be seated after our scheduled reservation time; every group of girls that wanted to do restaurant week were there that night so I could barely hear anything people at my table were saying; service was very slow - overall dining experience took two hours and we could have easily been done in at least an hour and a half had we not had to wait for our table, then wait for our server who seemed to take an extra long time on every step of the dining process"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We made a reservation through Open Table and confirmed with Bonterra the day before. We arrived at 6:30 and had to wait for an hour for our table. Other customers came in and were seated right away.mwhen I inquired about wait I was told because we booked online with Open Table, there were double bookings. She suggested we have a drink at the bar. The bar was two people deep so we kept waiting. Our experience was one we never plan to repeat with your restaurant as there are too many great restaurants that value their business."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I ordered salmon and it was undercooked, the calamari was very good, mussels and other entrees were ok to good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Went here for Restaurant week. Sat at a very large table for 5 people. The menu was Pri Fix so that should have made it easier for our server as well as the restaurant as they can prep in the kitchen accordingly, just slap the stuff on the plate. Not tough. Our Server when he finally took everyone's order forgot my husband. My sister had to run after him and tell him he forgot someone. He never checked on us once we got our meal. And the desserts, for restaurant week, a joke. The entire experience made all of us in our party of 5 never want to return for a regular meal. I can eat okay food closer to home and with better service. You blew it Bonterra! Next time don't sign up for the Queens Feast!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Portions small especially for a man. Dessert, ice cream size of small fruit scoop, hardly a taste."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Amazing food, great atmosphere and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is a place that came highly recommended by a friend. So I hoped on the Queen's Feast opportunity to try it. This person is no longer my friend. Out of the 3 courses we experienced, the mussels were probably the best. Not the best mussels I've ever had, just better than the other things we had that evening. the lamb was okey, but fatty. the fried lobster tail lacked flavor. And the desert was more of a pallet cleanser. $100+ later, I am simply annoyed. All items came from the regular menu, so I can honestly say, I will NOT be back. This is a great place to drink (the wine selection is great). Food---pass!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We went for Queen's Fest as it's a wonderful opportunity to test a restaurant for future visits. They were very busy and possibly understaffed. The food was very good but very small. Only two scallops for an entree which is small even for an appetizer. The ice cream dessert was the size of a mellon scoop. While the Queen's Fest is certainly a discounted meal, my advice is don't participate if you can't serve at least a meal that won't send you away hungry. Serve a meal that will entice the customer to come back. Too bad, lost opportunity."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have eaten here numerous times, each surpass the previous."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Server was knowledgeable of wine list and pairings. Food was fabulous. Loved the ambiance of the restaraunt."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One member in our party was gluten free & the waiter was very accomodating."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food, approach, service are all fresh! We like the menu for its diversity"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Bonterra is fine dining in Charlotte. The ambiance, service, and food are top shelf. It is always a memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at Bonterra. The food was excellent, the wine was devine and our waiter was very attentive. We will certainly return again sometime in the near future."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent fare, service and atmosphere always a superior experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We are planning a rehearsal dinner here soon and came for dinner recently! It was simply perfect! The Hanger Steak and scallops were perfection! BUt the flatbread was to die for! Cant wait till our special evening!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great place for a special occassion dinner. Intimate setting....looks like an old church that was converted. Elegant but not overly pretentious. Service was excellent and the food superb! The Ribeye was melt in your mouth tender and had an excellent smokey flavor. Can't wait to go return to try more dishes!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Been the Bonterra several times and liked the food options we had. Service was very good this time compared to most recent visit. Overall good experience and wil try again down the road"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Went for romantic date night. Perfect! Staff is very attentive."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Bonterra is overrated. My friends and I thought this place is just good. They must have cranked the air conditioner on over-high. We were all freezing and had to put our jackets back on. The food were salty, and the service was professional (but not friendly). Unfortunately, I don't have much incentives to come back to this place. There are plenty of competitors in Charlotte for fine dining that I will frequent more often."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a good dinner at Bonterra but the water was unfiltered and had a very strong cholrine smell. When we spoke to the owner - after having finished our meal - he was very rude and said that bottled water was available for purchase if we did not like city water. It was not only the answer but even more the rudeness that really turned us off. By the way a brita filter is all he would need. All in all a pity because we had a good meal but will not be going back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We've come to see Bonterra as a hit or miss dining spot. Wine list is ok and when you find something in the menu that appeals to you, it is usually super. Last time there, though, of 8 entrees, between us only saw 2 that'd even slightly appealed to us. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were here for a special occasion and the restaurant treated it graciously. The menu, while not exotic, was limited but exquisite and the food was prepared perfectly. The service and detail could not be better."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I liked the location and the waiter was pretty attentive. Sometimes a little slow. The food was not bad but not worth the money either. Overpriced. My meat was not cooked the way I requested and my husband and I traded dishes. I wanted to like this place but for how much you pay the values not there."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Bonterra. My wife really likes it, because its a really unusual building (an old church) with very high ceilings, lots of thick trim around doors and windows, light gray painted walls - and white table clothes. I guess we don't go to many restaurants with white table clothes. We were not disappointed with the ambiance at Bonterra. The service was very nice- not rushing us, but making sure we didn't wait too long. The food, however, was a tad disappointing. Ordering the Yellowfin Shashumi starter and the Scallop entree, I was hoping to be impressed. NOT. But, in all fairness, we are not usually impressed with fancy restaurants. Maybe I'm not a foodie, but I feel we cook better tasting food at home. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Excellent food choices...was there with a vegetarian...though not a lot on the menu vegetarian they suggested something that was very good... I also liked that that are very wine friendly."
    Dined on 4/28/2014